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Cast of Thousands
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
2003 reissue of the British punk's 1980 sophomore album includes four bonus tracks, 'Television's Over' (single version), 'Back From The Dead', 'New Church' (live), & 'Cast Of Thousands' (single version). Sleeve notes i... more »
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2003 reissue of the British punk's 1980 sophomore album includes four bonus tracks, 'Television's Over' (single version), 'Back From The Dead', 'New Church' (live), & 'Cast Of Thousands' (single version). Sleeve notes include a brief history of the band along with song lyrics. Anagram. 2003.
Received Wisdom is Wrong
Michael Kulikowski | Knoxville, TN | 04/18/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album's bad reputation is largely undeserved. The production is poor, certainly, and the keyboards are too far forward in the mix. But at least half the songs -- "I Looked at the Sun," "The Adverts," "Love Song," the title track -- match the best songs on Crossing the Red Sea. TV Smith is in fine, ragged voice, while the bitterness and loathing of the title track is the sequel to the first LP's "Great British Mistake." Once you realize that this album's great subject is the failure of punk idealism, it not only makes perfect sense, but becomes profoundly moving, a valediction to a promise that had died. TV Smith's solo career has been a valuable footnote to the brilliant moment captured here. Ignore the party line and buy it."
Soon you'll be thinking like the adverts
polpotluck | BOSTON | 08/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although some of TV's solo stuff does veer too far into New Wave territory, this LP will always be one of my favorite records. More than any other Adverts material, this LP holds together as a solid, unblinking stare into our f'd up world as TV Smith sees it. "Cast of Thousands" is punk rock on an epic scale. The songs, although played and recorded as a totally raw mess, are as close to rock opera as punk rock gets. Somehow the tinny production and cheesy synths only help to elevate the soaring, passionate vocals higher, and emphasize lyrics that rip to the heart of our heartless consumer culture. Lyrics to songs like "My Place," "Adverts," or "Television's Over" are as relevant to today's capitalist dystopia as Huxley, and moreso than Orwell. The last three tracks, while slowing down the pace to ballad territory, only wrench more out of TV's anguished voice. The casual punk listener will continue to write off this record as irrelevant to their pat version of rock history, but those who feel the Adverts like a punch to the gut need to own this."
Better than Red Sea
Rictus | 04/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Because it violated stifling punk orthodoxy, this album was viciously and undeservedly panned at the time. But adding keyboards and fuller instrumentation thrust the Adverts into greater territory and some of TV Smith's best lyrics are found here. This is one of the few albums from the 1977 era I still find worth listening to."